By now you may be familiar with my fondness for all things Parisian, so much so that I’ve ending up moving to Paris. Like most Francophiles, I’ve inherited a Parisian touch to my style, and recently I’ve clocked the smooth transition French women demonstrate with their outfit choices through the autumn-to-winter transition. Although the French uniform feels rich with summer classics like barely-there slip dresses, French women’s style in the winter is particularly clever. They’ve mastered the ability to effortlessly adapt their nonchalant style when the brazen temperatures drop by crafting a collection of fundamental pieces that are interchangeable and timeless.
As dreamy as it may be, Paris gets bitterly cold in the winter, so there’s an element of practicality when it comes to dressing for this season (not that it shows). Winter weather doesn’t stop stylishly clad Parisian women from dressing up in enviable ensembles though, and the typical Parisian wardrobe welcomes layers, chunky knits, extended hemlines, and neutral accessories.
There are many staple pieces that constitute a Parisian winter wardrobe, from a classic camel coat to chunky knitwear and column dresses. Perhaps the most notable element of Parisian style, however, is how women continue to re-wear their staple pieces, year-round, give or take a few thermal layers.
There’s also a juxtaposition of length, textures, and tones. You’ll find women donning miniskirts with knee-high boots, slingback pumps styled with tights and boxy blazers paired with miniature bags. Outerwear becomes more statement, whether it’s animal print, shearling jackets or sweeping overcoats. There’s a greater emphasis on accessories, too, from hair claws to oversized scarves and leather gloves. Parisian style makes a statement but is also delightfully pared back in equal measure, which adds to the ambiguous French allure that we’re all desperate to replicate.
Keep scrolling for six of my favourite winter outfits that everyone is wearing in Paris right now. Plus, all the info you need on how to make these ensembles easy to replicate with pieces you probably already own.
1. Knitted Maxi Dress + Statement Bag
Style Notes: A knitted dress is a hardworking winter staple as it can be transitioned from day to night. Camille styles an open-back knit with a statement bag for a winter event. Add boots for a full evening look.
2. Shearling Jacket + Leather Trousers + Ankle Boots
Style Notes: Shearling comes around like clockwork every winter. Next to the down puffer coat, it’s the most insulated outerwear option. This styling perfectly demonstrates how chic winter pieces can be. From the matching brown tones to the tortoiseshell hair claw, this look is the perfect meshing of casual and smart.
3. Trench Coat + Tailored Trousers + Chunky Loafers
Style Notes: Trench coats were inherited by French women many moons ago and they continue to be worn throughout the winter with warm layers beneath. Like Amy, wear a tonal look head-to-toe by matching your outerwear to trousers.
4. White T-Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans + Brown Overcoat
Style Notes: I applaud Sylvie's styling here. If like her you're unwilling to give up your pumps in this chill, layer your jeans with low-denier tights underneath to ensure added warmth. This indigo denim is characteristic of a Parisian uniform and the brown coat ties all of the colours together.
When French women aren't wearing vintage denim or Levis, they gravitate to straight-leg fits from vintage-inspired brands like Re-done and Agolde. These look and fit just like Levi 501s.
5. Cable Knit Jumper + Mini Skirt + Knee-High Boots
Style Notes: Just when we thought it was time to hang up our miniskirts, micro-minis have been dominating winter styling too. Paired with sheer tights, knee-high boots and a mini bag - it's a trend-lead piece integrated into a pared-back everday look.
6. Two-Piece Suit + Ballet Flats
Style Notes: Miu Miu's Logo strap ballerina flat was the "it" shoe of spring 2023 and this autumn, ballet flats are back in the game. I adore the juxtaposition of sleek shoes with androgynous looks like above. Whether it's the oversized blazer or tailored trousers, French women love pairing boxy looks with streamlined accessories.
The ballet flat is another trend sweeping across many designer and high street sites. This almond toe iteration (in hardwearing leather, no less) is as classic as they come. The micro heel will also ensure you don't wear the soles down quite as fast.